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How would you like if every movie released is released in 10 different versions with variations? Viewers will have a choice to watch the kind of version they like. Will they like it, NO.
Do i like 100s of distros each with different settings but almost same features? NO.
Does it cause confustion to a user which one to chose? YES.
And...i really feel Microsoft will come out as a winner, if Linux is not standardized and this too much non-sense choice is cut. See what happened to Unix due to fragmantation. Unix would have been much stronger if it was not forked that much.
Yeah now someone will say but hey Unix kernel was forked too...hell like as a user i care...incompatible is what scare me.
Microsoft is good because it makes things just work and it works for 99% of people. Damn even some of my DOS tools work like Turbo Assembler.
In linux i am even scared to upgrade my redhat 9 box in fear of something getting broken and then i wasting 1 day to get things up n running again.
What value does these distributions provide? I wish Linux kernel group release a standard distro which has a minimum base and everything should just build up from there...or i dun have much hope for Linux